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ADAMS, MONICO FERGUSON - age 99, of Knoxville, passed away April 7, 1997, at North Haven Nursing Home. She was a longtime member of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church. After managing a hotel and restaurant business in Nashville, she and her late husband, Jessie Milton Adams, moved to Knoxville in 1941 to become co-owners of Spikes Restaurant on Gay St., later known as Brown's Restaurant. Mrs. Adams later retired from the University of Tennessee after working for more than 15 years in their food service department. She was also preceded in death by her son, James E. Adams. Survivors: daughter, Joan Ann ''Jody'' Wilson; beloved grandmother of Alicia Adams Gott, Houston, Texas, Regina Lett Johnson, Teresa Adams Troutman, Sadonna Lynn Lett, all of Knoxville; great-grandchildren, James Adams ''Adam'' Burchfield, Houston, Texas, Amanda Gail Bigger, Larry Spencer Burchfield, Raymond Wellington Troutman IV, Patrick Wayne Johnson, all of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 1997, at Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel with Rev. Wyatt Parker officiating. Graveside service and interment 11 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 1997, at Highland Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 W. Adair Dr. 

DIXON, RICHARD MURPHY - age 71, of Sevierville, passed away Monday, April 7, 1997. He was preceded in death by his parents, Prentice C. and Nell Nichols Dixon; brother, P.C. Dixon; and sister, Ernestine Henderson. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 32 years of service. He also was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Navy. Survivors: wife, Mary Louise Dixon of Sevierville; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Julie Dixon of Knoxville; daughter, Rebecca Dixon Winters of South Carolina; grandchildren, Jason Richard Dixon, Alaina Winters and Sarah Winters. Funeral servics will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Rawlings Funeral Home. Rev. James Bailes will officiate. Burial will follow in Shiloh Cemetery. Friends may call at their convenience at Rawlings Funeral Home. 

EVERETT, PEARL LANE - age 94, of Maryville, died 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, 1997, at Blount Memorial Hospital. Preceded in death by husband, Roy Everett; son-in-law, Dwight Jackson. Survivors: children, Loretta Gilland of Maryville, Cillian Davis of Alcoa, Sylvian Jackson of Hanceville, Alabama, Juanita Mathews, Virgil Everett, and Gailya Leonard, all of Maryville. fifteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 1997, Trinity Chapel Smith Mortuary with Rev. George Macht officiating. Family and friends will assemble 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 1997, Grandview Cemetery for interment. Family will receive friends 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Trinity Chapel Smith Mortuary, Maryville. 

GILES, MAJOR GENERAL WARREN C. - age 86, of Athens, died Monday. Active member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Veteran of WWII, serving with Co. B, 117th Inf., 30th Inf. Div. Served with 117th Inf. in Europe (Normandy to the Elbe River). Served as Commanding Officer to the 278th Inf. Reg. Combat Team during the Korean Conflict, after which he was appointed Commanding General of the 30th Armored Division of the United States Army. Served with the Internal Revenue Service, retiring in 1971. Preceded in death by wife, Catherine Clark Giles, on Feb. 17, 1981. Survivors: wife, Frances Cupp Giles of Athens; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Stewart and Fred V. King of Atlanta, Ga.; two grandsons, Gregory G. King and Stewart F. King; sister, Mrs. Emma Hinds of Rockwood. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church with Rev. Ashley Calhoun officiating. Graveside military services will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery by Tennessee National Guard. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the 278th Inf. Reg. Combat Team. Memorial contributions may be made to the 278th R.C.T. Asociation Scholarship Fund, c/o Ralph Tucker, Jr., 5709 Stoneleigh Rd., Knoxville, Tn. 37912, or Trinity United Methodist Church, General Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 396, Athens, Tn. 37371-0396. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home in Athens, Tenn. 

HANEY, REV. PAUL - age 72, of Knoxville, passed away Monday, April 7, 1997. He was the former pastor of Northwest (Pleasant Ridge), Bon View and Gayland Heights Baptist churches in Knox County, Bells Chapel in Sevier County, and East LaFollette in Campbell County. Presently a member of Smithwood Baptist Church and a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII. Survived by wife, Evelyn Haney; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Paul King of Orlando, Fla.; son and daughter-in-law, David and Nancy Haney of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; son, Mark Haney of Knoxville; grandchildren, Jeremy King, Jennifer Hinson, Reba Haney and James Haney; great-grandchildren, Hunter and Blake Hinson; mother, Elizabeth Haney. Funeral service 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Smithwood Baptist Church, Rev. Elmer Sharp and Rev. Chris Alford officiating. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home 10:30 a.m. Friday and proceed to Greenwood Cemetery for an interment service at 11 a.m. Military honors will be provided by East Tennessee Honor Guard. All minister friends will be honorary pallbearers. The family will receive friends 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Smithwood Baptist Church. Mynatt's in charge of arrangements. 

LOWE, MARY ELIZABETH VANN - age 86, of Clinton, passed away Monday at the East Tenn. Baptist Hospital. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Roy Lowe; parents, Samuel and Josephine Hatfield Vann; sisters and brothers, Rachel Vann, Daniel Vann, Churchill Vann, Michael Vann, Burnetta Settles, Arlvis Vann, Sarah Watson, and Ruby Vann Lowe. She is survived by sons, Ralph and Charles Henry Lowe of Cincinnati, Ohio; daughters, Wilma Jean Jeffers of Athens, Ga., and Phylis Jane Marcum of Clinton; ten grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Services will be 8 p.m. Wednesday, in Martin's Chapel with Rev. Asbury Byrd and Rev. Jeff Watson officiating. Interment 1 p.m. Thursday, Antioch Church Cemetery. The body will lie in state 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday before interment at Antioch Baptist Church. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday. Martin Funeral Home of LaFollette in charge of arrangements. 

LOWRY, MRS. VIVIAN SENTER - of Knoxville, passed away April 7, 1997, at her daughter's home. Mrs. Lowry was raised in Morristown. She was a member of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church for 65 years. Former manager of Peggy Hale Dress Shop of Gay St. She later worked at Miller's in cosmetics. Member of May Chapter #24 O.E.S. for over 50 years. Preceded in death by husband, Earl Alvin Lowry. Survived by three children and their spouses, Mary Elizabeth (Betty) and Smith Worley of Knoxville, Edna Earl and Joe Pridemore of Knoxville, James Alvin (Jimmy) and Marsha Montgomery Lowry of Nashville; seven grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren. Family and friends will meet at the main entrance to Highland Memorial Cemetery 11:15 a.m. Wednesday for graveside services at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Wyatt Parker officiating. Honorary pallbearers, grandsons and sons-in-law. Memorials should be made to Fifth Avenue Baptist Church. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

MESSER, JETER JR. - age 66, of Knoxville, passed away April 8, 1997. Preceded in death by father, mother and one brother. He was a member of Third Creek Baptist Church. He was retired from Tennessee State Highway Department and American Limestone, Inc. Jeter was a former employee of Furrow Machinery Co., member Junior Order, Beaumont Council, U.A.M. Survivors: wife of 481/2 years, Alice Deloris Messer; sons and daughters-in-law, Alfred (Butch) and Velina Messer of Knoxville, Tenn., Major Chico and Stacy Messer of Maryville, Tenn.; daughters, Elizabeth (Libby) McCulloch of Crossville, Tenn., Barbara J. Vest of Knoxville, Tenn.; brothers, David, Garrison and Clay Messer, all of Madison County, N.C., Theodore Messer of Washburn, Tenn.; sisters, Emma Lee Latham of Knoxville, Tenn., Faye Reece of Madison County, N.C.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Funeral service 8 p.m. Wednesday at Highland Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Steve Ritter officiating, and assisted by Rev. Mike Siegel. The interment 11 a.m. Thursday at Highland Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers: David Tarver, Jimmy Tarver, Karl Messer, Danny Vest, Michael Messer, Stevie Messer and Wayne McClain. Honorary pallbearers: Glynn Beck, Tommy Cummings, Tom Copas, Hal Tunnel. If friends choose to make memorials, please send to Cornerstone Christian Church, Lantana Lane, Knoxville, TN or Carpenters Baptist Church Building Fund, Maryville, Tenn. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Highland Memorial Funeral Home, 5315 Kingston Pike, 588-0567. 

PARKS, HATTIE BRANSON - age 92, of South Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, April 8, 1997, at her home. She was born December 16, 1904 in Kingston, Tenessee. Member of South Knoxville Church of God and teacher of the Faithful Doers Sunday School Class. Preceded in death by husband, George W. Parks, Sr.; sons, Leonard W. Parks and Rev. Henry M. Parks; great-grandson, Tadd Womble, two sisters and seven brothers. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, George and Helen Parks; daughter and son-in-law, Katherine and Marion Womble; daughters-in-law, Aleen Parks and Lucille Parks Garren; ten grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Clara Keylon and Emma Keylon; five step-grandchildren. Funeral service 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, 1997, at the South Knoxville Church of God. Pastor Tommy Bellamy and Bro. Joe Sentell officiating. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers: George Henry Parks, Sr., Jim Parks, Gary Womble, Joey Sise, Chris Keylon, Jason Sise, Tyler Scott, and Monroe Marcum. Other grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers. Flower girls: Gail Green, Vicki Sise, Ginger Scott, Jill Parks, Robin Parrish and Laverne Marcum. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the South Knoxville Church of God, 5623 Magazine Road. Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway, in charge. 

PARSONS, EDWARD EARL - age 82, of Knoxville, passed away Monday at his home. Member of Bookwalter United Methodist Church. Retired employee of TVA with 32 years of service. He was an amateur radio operator known as Easy Dog K4104. Preceded in death by his daughter, Jeanette Parsons. Survivors: wife of 65 years, Gladys M. Parsons; sons, Edward Earl Parsons, Jr., Nashville, James F. Parsons, West Chester, Ohio, Roy L. and Calvin R. Parsons, both of Nashville, Mike Wade, Knoxville; daughters, Janice Kelly, Chattanooga, Vicki Lynn Parsons, Denver, Colo.; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; brother, Leon Parsons, Baltimore, Md. Family and friends will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bookwalter Cemetery for graveside service and interment, Rev. Garland James officiating. Pallbearers: Jim, Calvin, Roy and Mike Parsons, Edward Parsons, Jr. The family will receive friends 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Weaver Funeral Home, 5815 Western Avenue. 

PIKE, AUDREY MAE - age 64, of Norris, Tenn., died Monday at her residence. Born April 28, 1932 in Anderson County, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Ruby Fraker Elkins. Survivors include daughters, Darlene Ragsdale of Lenoir City, Jane and husband, Horace Carter of Norris, and Cynthia Hatmaker of Clinton; son, Wayne Pike of Knoxville; sisters, Lorene Humphrey of Norris, Barbara and husband, Dewey Bailey of Norris, Laura Bell of Norris, Jean Howard of Morristown, Jewel and husband, Donald Shropshire of Andersonville, Gail and husband, Steve Clark of Clinton; brothers, James and Marie Elkins of Corryton, Larry Joel and Patty Elkins of Andersonville, Melvin and Carol Elkins of Heiskell, Steve and Barbara Elkins of Clinton, Rev. Lowell and Joyce Elkins of Andersonville, and Lester and Barbara Elkins of Clinton; grandchildren, Amanda Carter, Allison Ragsdale, Brandon and Randall Hatmaker, and Elizabeth Pike; and several nieces and nephews. Church services will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 1997, at the New Home Baptist Church, Clinton, Tenn., with Rev. Brian Riggs and Rev. James McCoy officiating. Burial Thursday, April 10, 1997, at New Home Baptist Church Cemetery. Body will lie in state one hour before services at church. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 1997, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home, Clinton. 

PROFFITT, HANS R. - age 73, of Knoxville, died Tuesday, April 8, 1997, at Fort Sanders Parkwest Hospital. Member of Central Baptist Church Bearden. Member of University of Tennessee football team, 1946-1948 era. Played professional football for Knoxville Rebels and in the Canadian Football League. Veteran of World World II, awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for the service in the Pacific in the Naval Air Force. Preceded in death by parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Proffitt, Sr. Survivors: daughter, Eydie Proffitt, daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Michael Goode of Cincinnati, Ohio; grandchildren, Jessica, Mike and Taylor Goode; brothers, Joe D. Poffitt and J.E. (Sonny) Proffitt; sisters, Georgia Davies, Mary Ann Johnson, Verna Hatfield and Eileen Warden. Funeral service 8 p.m. Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Dr. Larry Fields officiating. Family and friends will meet Friday at Greenwood Cemetery for a 1 p.m. graveside service. Active pallbearers: Jim Smelcer, Roy Smith, Ralph Huneycutt, George Samuels, Ray Pack and Bill Finchum. Honorary pallbearers: Preston Smith, Buddy White, Jenks Hays, Al Rotella, Galyn Wilson, Don Johnson and Tommy Ogle. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church Bearden, 6300 Deane Hill Dr., Knoxville, TN 37919, U.T. Athletic Association, P.O. Box 15016, Knoxville, TN 37901, or American Cancer Society, 871 Weisgarber Rd., Knoxville, TN 37909. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

ROBERTS, LORENE CLINE - of North Knoxville, died Sunday, April 6, 1997, at St. Mary's Medical Center. She was a member of Second Baptist Church. Preceded in death in 1981 by husband, Rev. L. C. (Cleo) Roberts. Survivors: sisters, Mary C. Amburgey, Peggy Glover and Lodema Parsons, all of Mt. Sterling, Ky.; friend, Jerry Ellis of Knoxville. Family and friends will meet at the main entrance to Greenwood Cemetery at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday for graveside and interment services at 10 a.m., Rev. Carl Simmons officiating. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

SCRUGGS, MRS. MATTIE ANNA (NANNY) (AUNTIE) - of Chilhowee Hills, formerly of Madisonville, Tenn., departed this life peacefully and left her earthly body to be present with the Lord, Saturday, April 5, 1997, at St. Mary's Hospital. She was born 90 years ago to the late John and Hattie Scruggs. Her parents were the first black settlers in Madisonville. Others who preceded her in death: brothers, Earnest, George, Fred and Harry Scruggs; sisters, Birdee, M. Sue Fain and Mary Henderson; grandson, David Scruggs; nephew, Oliver Lane Perry, Sr.; special sister, Mrs. Beatrice Miller. Education was very important to Mattie. She was educated in the Madisonville School System, completing the high school level. She was an avid flower grower, growing roses, wildflowers, lily gardens, and hundreds of other types. She was a devout Christian and church worker. She loved to help beautify her church, Goodhope Baptist Church and to share her flowers and other talents with others. She was the maid and nanny to the families of Dr. and Mrs. H.M. McGuire, Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Hunt, and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd White and others. Due to her failing health, she was taken into the loving care of her daughter and grandsons. She became a very special person and was loved by her friends and neighbors. She was Nanny and Auntie to all. She found much comfort in the radio ministries and brought much joy to those around her. She loved to sing hymns and songs in her wonderful alto voice from her bed. Those left to rejoice her memory are sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry L. and Stella Butts, David Micheal and Brenda Scruggs; devoted daughter and grandsons with whom she resided, Annette, Kenneth II of Knoxville and Jeffery Bell of Michigan; grandson, Christopher Butts of Georgia, Charnette of Texas, Shan-Dia Butts, Connie, Latisha, Samantha Stovall, Knoxville; eight great-grandchildren to include Demarcus, who was devoted to his Nannie; devoted nieces and special nephews, Warnell Davis of Madisonville, Novella Caldwell of Minnesota, Etta Conwell of North Carolina, Gladys Henderson of Knoxville, Debbie Billingsley of California, William Henderson of Michigan, Teressa Smith of Sweetwater, Lillian Perry and Ever Faye Perry, Paul Davis of Knoxville, E.J. Butts of Madisonville, Sammie Houston; and many great-nephews and great-nieces; sister-in-law, Cora Scruggs of Athens, Tenn.; many cousins and relatives to include special sisters, Mrs. Sarah Moore Greene of Knoxville, Mrs. Annie Adams of North Carolina. A special thanks to Mrs. Velva Osborne, who loved and cared for her, Pauletta Geter, daily caregiver, Linda Minor, her beautician, devoted doctor and friend, Dr. Robert Alley, former son-in-law, Kenneth L. Bell, Sr., (Baby) Melissa Johnson of Chattanooga, James and Alice Lindsey, Knoxville, Yvonne and Diane DeBoles of Florida, and the Rogers Memorial Baptist Church family. Family visitation 12:30-1 p.m. Wednesday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Highway 11 by-pass. Funeral service 1 p.m., Rev. Jimmy West officiating and Rev. Joseph B. Smith, eulogist. Interment Park City Cemetery, Madisonville, Tenn. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home in charge. Notice by Jarnigan and Son Mortuary. 

SEALE, MR. E. H. - age 102, of Luttrell, passed away 9:15 p.m. Monday, April 7, 1997, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Member of Cedar Ford Baptist Church. He was a depot agent operator for Southern Railway for 53 years. Beloved husband of the late Julia Livesay Seale for 79 years. Also preceded in death by two sons, Edgar and Charles (Tommy) Seale. Loving father of Glen Seale of Knoxville, Ruby Seale Donahue of Luttrell, Opal Hubbs of Knoxville, Dorothy Valenti of Erlanger, Ky.; daughter-in-law, Edna Lay Seale of Mascot. Dear grandfather of nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Beddie Seale of Maynardville. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday with funeral services to follow at 8 p.m. at Ailor's Chapel with Rev. Doyle Davis officiating. Interment 2 p.m. Thursday at Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers: Sidney Seale, Larry Seale, Bob Kitts, Bruce Jarnagin, Glen Webster, Preston Long. Ailor Mortuary, Maynardville, in charge. 

SHOFFNER, WILLIAM HOWARD - age 70, of LaFollette, Route 4, passed away Monday, April 7, 1997, at LaFollette Medical Center. Navy Veteran. Preceded in death by brothers, Clyde, Johnny and Jay Shoffner; parents, Adrian and Minnie Chadwell Shoffner. Member of Sugar Hollow Baptist Church. Survivors: two daughters, Valerie Willis of LaFollette, Glenda Goodell of Memphis; two sons, Clyde Shoffner of Knoxville, Johnny Shoffner of LaFollette; one sister, Gladys Mowell of LaFollette; four grandchildren. Services 12 noon Thursday at Roach Mortuary with Rev. Paul Heatherly and Rev. Lee Ray officiating. Interment Bakers Forge Cemetery with military honors at the grave by Campbell County Retired Honor Guard. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Roach Mortuary, LaFollette. 

SMITH, LUCILLE JACKSON - of Knoxville, went to her eternal rest on Sunday, April 6, 1997, after a five year sojourn at the Brakebill Nursing Home. She was preceded in death by parents, Rev. N.J. and Mary Jackson; two sisters; two brothers; and husband, Bishop Cecil J. Smith. She was born in Fitzgerald, Ga., on October 27, 1912. Lucille (Aunt Cille) leaves to cherish her memory: nieces, Annie (Charles) Whitman, Ernestine Pennix of Knoxville; great-nieces, Shirley (Walter) Kimbrough of Cleveland, Edith (James) Fleet, Lucinda Jones of Knoxville; great-nephews, Charles (Brenda) Whitman of Knoxville, Thomas Whitman of Illinois; great-great-nieces and nephews, Gregory (Teresa) Whitman of North Carolina, Teresa Ricks of Cleveland, Avis Young, Brian Whitman, Djuansay Jones, Charlie Whitman of Knoxville, Lisa Whitman, Shawn (Willie) Mobsy of Atlanta, Monica Whitman of Illinois, Davette Jones of Memphis, Shauna Fleet of Texas, Willie, Thomas and Barbara Bowden of Texas; eight great-great-great-nieces and nephews; the Rogers, Harris, Perry and Armstrong families; devoted friends, Mrs. Annie Moore, Springfield, Bishop and Mrs. John Batts, Wilbur Burris, Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Patton, Mr. and Mrs. John (Zip) Morgan; and a host of other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends at Cherry Street Church of God, Wednesday, April 9, 1997, from 6-6:30 p.m. with funeral to follow, Bishop John W. Batts, Sr., officiating. Interment will be Thursday, April 10, 1997 at 10 a.m. at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery. Arrangements by Unity Mortuary. 

WEST, DOCK E. - age 75, of Maryville, died Monday, April 7, 1997, at his home. He was a member of Springview Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, was retired from ALCOA and A.J. Metler in Knoxville, was vice president and on the board of directors at A.J. Metler. Mr. West was a veteran of WWII serving in the Pacific Theater with the 20th Air Force. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Medal, was a counselor with SCORE (Service Core of Retired Executives), and was a member and Past Master of New Providence Lodge No. 128 F. & A.M. and a 32 degree Mason. Survivors include wife, Delphia Janeway West; sons and daughters-in-law, James and Dayle West of Washington, D.C., Don Edward and Fran West of Dallas, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Dave Long of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth Greengold, Benjamin Long and Adam Long. Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday in McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Guy Milam and Rev. George Pittman officiating. The interment will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Grandview Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home, Maryville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Springview Baptist Church Samaritan Fund, 4220 U.S. Highway 411 S., Maryville, TN 37801. McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home, Maryville. 

WHEELER, GLENN IRWIN - of Clinton, passed away March 7, 1997, member of Crossroads Presbyterian Church and employee of Tennessee Department of Transportation. Preceded in death by parents, Bruce and Elizabeth Ayers Wheeler; brothers, Robert (Bob) Wheeler and Ayers Bruce (Joe) Wheeler. Survivors: wife, Eleanor M. Wheeler; and son, John Bruce Wheeler, both of Clinton; sisters, Jane R. and Jean R. Wheeler, Wanda W. Rachat, Helen W. Cox; sister and brother-in-law, Eleanor Fay W. and Carl D. Murphy, Jr.; brother and sister-in-law, David Phillip and Pat Wheeler, all of Knoxville; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; special friend and neighbor, Harry Patton. Service 8 p.m. Thursday Mynatt's Chapel, Rev. Robert Goins officiating. Family and friends will meet at Mynatt's 10:30 a.m. Friday morning and proceed to Lynnhurst Cemetery for interment at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Mynatt's. 

WILKERSON, REV. J.R. - age 56, of Knoxville, passed away Sunday, April 6, 1997 at home. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors: wife, Sandy Wilkerson; sons, Roger, Mark, Gary, and Aaron Wilkerson; daughters, Tammy Sproles, Carol Sutherland, Carmen and Holly Wilkerson; three grandchildren; brothers, Edward and Jerry Wilkerson; sisters Patsy Bellon, Barbara Roe, Reba Powell, Shirley Russell, and Nancy Plaisance; several nieces and nephews. Service 8 p.m. Wednesday, Mynatt's Chapel, Rev. Johnny Jones officiating. Family and friends will meet at Bethany Cemetery 11 a.m. Thursday for graveside service. Pallbearers: Keith Sproles, Mike Sutherland, Dwayne Bowling, Kenny Bridges, Larry Plaisance, and Frank Belew. Family will receive friends 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at Mynatt's. 

WORDE, JONNIE MAE MCCONNELL - age 82, of Maryville, died Tuesday, April 8, 1997, at Blount Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Clover Hill Presbyterian Church, was the former owner of the Blount County Flower Shop, was the treasurer of the East Tennessee Floral Association and a member of the board, and was a resident of Asbury Acres Retirement Home. Mrs. Worde was preceded in death by her husband, George Worde; granddaughter, Ginger Alice Cross; parents, Harvey S. and Gertrude Brient McConnell. Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Patsy and Robert Cross of Greenback, Sheila and Mike Fugate, Sandra and Billy Ray Atkins, all of Maryville; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday in McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Thomas Gilliland and Rev. Frank Vigh officiating. The interment will follow in Unitia Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday at McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home, Maryville. 

ZIRKLE, ANNE KATHREN - age 25, of New Haven, Conn., and Jefferson City, Tenn., passed away suddenly Monday, April 7, 1997, at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was born in Millington, Tenn., January 27, 1972, daughter of Dr. John W. and Eva Ergenbright Zirkle. She was a graduate of the Webb School of Knoxville and a 1994 graduate of Davidson College, Davidson, N.C., with high honors in religion, and was named the outstanding graduate of the Department of Religion. While at Davidson, she spent her junior year abroad as a student at the University of Wurzburg, Germany. After graduation from Davidson College she was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in Stralsund, Germany. She was currently a student in the Yale Divinity School, where she was in the Master of Divinity program under the care of Holston Presbytery. At Yale she was the winner of the Emerson Prize and was an intern at the Vieth Resource Center. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Jefferson City, Tenn. Besides her parents of Jefferson City, Tenn., Miss Zirkle is survived by a sister, Sarah Zirkle of Bell Buckle, Tenn.; her fiance, Brett Edmund Marston of Brooklyn, Conn.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, 1997, at First Presbyterian Church, Jefferson City, with Dr. Robert Reno and Dr. Keith Nickle officiating. Family and friends will meet at Jefferson Memorial Gardens Saturday, April 12, 1997, at 10:45 a.m. for an 11 a.m. interment service. The family will receive friends Friday evening following the funeral services. Memorial donations may be made to the Music Fund at First Presbyterian Church, 721 Church St., Jefferson City, TN 37760; to the Development Office at Davidson College, in memory of Anne Zirkle, P.O. Box 1385, Davidson, NC 28036; or to the Yale Divinity School, Anne Zirkle Memorial Fund, 409 Prospect St., New Haven, CT 06511. Farrar Funeral Home, Jefferson City, in charge of arrangements.

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